Sanitation crisis in India : Toilets & Usage
Sanitation is a serious problem that deserved urgent national attention. It is finally getting that attention. One of the problems in the larger Sanitation domain is Open defecation. There is a big push to build new toilets to eradicate open defecation. But, supply alone isn’t going to solve this problem. As such, the quality of supply too is poor. The current thinking seems to be one of ‘Something is better than nothing’. There are millions of toilets getting built, but hundreds of millions still defecate in the open, even if they have a toilet at home. In this piece we wrote for WSJ Mint, we argue that there is a need to address some fundamental design issues. And tap the right motivations to drive usage.